Honeydukes is the famous candy shop that all the Hogwarts students who get the privilege of visiting Hogsmeade stop at while on their weekend excursions. Many students and teachers buy treats for themselves and others at this magical sweets shop. You can buy Chocolate Frogs, Every Flavour Beans, Acid Pops, Exploding Bonbons, Fizzing Wizzbees, and Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum just to name a few. The same treats can also be bought on the Hogwarts Express as Honeydukes supplies the Honeydukes Express, a train car, with the same delicious treats.

In Orlando, Honeydukes is also a highly regarded muggle destination since you can buy all of the above mentioned sweets, plus more, including various fudges and other sweets on display inside the dessert case. Pumpkin Juice is also quite popular!

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon
Harry Potter’s Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Knockturn
Harry Potter’s Gringotts
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts
Harry Potter’s Hogsmeade

A Harry Potter photo adventure:

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Compared to Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade was kind of a disappointment. I am most certainly not saying that you shouldn’t hop on the Hogwarts Express and experience as much of this side of Harry Potter world as possible, but I think after visiting Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade seems a little less exciting. While there were some more magical stores and the Hogwarts castle was attached, along with the magic roller coasters and Hagrid’s home, the overall feeling was a little calmer and a whole lot less crowded. Those are the pros though, too, because if you’re not into being squahed and waiting in line forever, I’d vote that Hogsmeade is the place to be!

In the stories, Hogsmeade is the all wizarding village not far from Hogwarts that the students get to go visit on some weekends. Since the students often visit during the winter, I love how the rooftops are covered in what looks like snow. Hogsmeade is also where the students got to drink Butterbeer so the outlets for selling this delicious drink was plentiful. The owl post, Zonko’s Joke Shop, Honeydukes, Madam Puddifoot’s Tea Shop, Dervish & Bangles, and the Shrieking Shack are all popular destinations within Hogsmeade that the Potter trio often visited.

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon
Harry Potter’s Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Knockturn
Harry Potter’s Gringotts
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts

A Harry Potter photo adventure:

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Of course, Hogwarts is the center of Harry Potter’s world. It’s where he spends the vast majority of his literary-documented school career and the plot of the Harry Potter series of books. I think it’s pretty awesome that even as muggles we have then the opportunity to visit Hogwarts and wander around some of its greenhouses, hallways, and moving staircases. I appreciate the ride housed inside the Hogwarts castle because they figured that there would be a long line and made it so us muggles would be relatively entertained during the wait. It was nice to wander through the greenhouse and see some of the magical plants growing; it was nice to walk through various Hogwarts rooms and see the talking paintings; and it was nice to get an opportunity to visit a class, skip that class, and even fly through a game of Quidditch with the students!

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon
Harry Potter’s Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Knockturn
Harry Potter’s Gringotts
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer
Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express

A Harry Potter photo adventure:

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The Hogwarts Express connects King’s Cross Station in London to Hogwarts. The Hogwarts Express leaves from King’s Cross’ platform 9 3/4, which muggles don’t even know about! Essentially, witches and wizards run/walk through a wall between platforms 9 and 10. Once on this magical platform, students headed to Hogwarts board the Hogwarts Express and after chugging along, arrive not far away from the school.

In Orlando, the Hogwarts Express connects Diagon Alley with Hogsmeade. You have to have a multi-park ticket in order to get on the train because the two parts of Harry Potter World are in two different parts of Universal Studios. In this Orlando version, I was really interested in how they were going to recreate the experience of walking through a brick wall to get to the magical platform. In the end, you really don’t walk through anything, but from one side, due to a special screen, it looks like the people ahead of you walk through a wall. I kind of wish they had created a fog wall and had visitors walk through that. They had that in various other parts of Harry Potter World, mainly on rides and it does create the experience of going through a wall! Oh well, at least the train ride is cool and you get to really feel like you’re headed to Hogwarts (or home) depending on which direction you’re going!

Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon
Harry Potter’s Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Knockturn
Harry Potter’s Gringotts
Harry Potter’s Butterbeer

A Harry Potter photo adventure:

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Read more about our Harry Potter adventure here:
Harry Potter’s London
Harry Potter’s Jokes
Harry Potter’s Wands
Harry Potter’s Cauldron
Harry Potter’s Diagon
Harry Potter’s Ice Cream
Harry Potter’s Knockturn
Harry Potter’s Gringotts

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